How to Setup Ghost on Elastic Beanstalk

Over the past six months, the Ghost blogging platform has made some huge waves in the blogging world. It has a responsive, streamlined interface that gets out of the way and enables authors to blog quickly and efficiently. At a time when WordPress is growing more and more complex, this…

New Years Resolutions: SaaS Mastery

Every year, a large chunk of the people who set resolutions are destined for failure. Complete and utter failure. While we can all speculate the reasons, more often than not, it comes down to a combination of procrastination, unactionable goals and lack of a clear game plan. Seriously. If you…

Instructions: Build Mcrypt for OSX Mavericks

Yes, another post on Mcrypt, but this time for OSX Mavericks. I cannot stress how frustrated I was when upgrading to Mountain Lion hosed my web development environment, let alone when it did it again upgrading to Mavericks. Here is a great post on compiling PHP 5.4.17 with…

Workaround: MCrypt bug in Ubuntu 13.10

Having problems installing PHP5-MCrypt on Ubuntu 13.10? You're not alone. Apparently this is a bug with the latest version of Ubuntu, where they changed the default location for php modules, but mcrypt was apparently left behind. For full details and a workaround, feel free to visit this Ubuntu Stack…

Enter: Alchemy Codeworks

Starting from scratch, with severely limited free time, has been a challenge - to say the least. However, it has afforded me a few luxuries; most notable is that I can truly start fresh. Because of this, I have taken quite a bit of time to step back and evaluate…